Christian Lopez and The Christian Lopez Band (TCLB) are not merely riding the wave of Americana Music, the West Virginia natives, are bending it to its knees. With the will of his voice and the stomp of a steady beat, Christian Lopez and his band are pioneering their own brand of Alt. Folk Country Rock. Like a young Whitman, Lopez translates the iconic America before him into rousing romps and searing serenades employing crisp and thoughtful imagery and storytelling. Lopez is turning traditional songwriting on its head. Lopez takes listeners on a heartfelt rampage through emotion, energy and excitement caring less about the hook then hooking them in with the range and passion in his voice. One moment the music traverses the depths of one’s interior life and the next it rips the listener into a frenzy - a call to stomp, romp and roll.
Playing since the age of five, Lopez formed and fronted the band Joe Taxi at the age of fifteen. The band quickly garnered success including a slot on the 2012 Van’s Warped tour and wins at the 2012 West Virginia University Coca Cola, Moonstruck, OttoBar and 2013 Blue Ridge Music Festival Battle of the Bands competitions. Lopez gained additional attention as a Hollywood Finalist in Seasons 11 and 12 of “American Idol.” Encouraged by feedback from judge Jennifer Lopez, who commented that she could feel the passion in his voice, Christian returned home determined to carve out a career in music founded on his love of singing, writing, and performing a style of music he felt in his heart, and has now brought to life.
The first addition to TCLB was drummer Mike Silver, a longtime friend and superb young talent. Silver’s energy and attack laid the foundation for the high-energy performances for which The Christian Lopez Band is becoming widely known. Bassist and producer, Dominic Valentine, was the next to join. Valentine’s intensity and experience paired perfectly with Lopez. Together their combined vision and concentration on craft began to manifest the songs and performances that are now a staple of Christian Lopez’s music and The Christian Lopez Band. The addition of vocalist and banjo player, Chelsea McBee, rounded out the band’s sound adding luscious vocal harmonies and percussive banjo.
With a growing reputation for originality and intensity on stage, the newly rechristened Christian Lopez Band continues to deliver, becoming a favorite at festivals, colleges and premiere venues. In addition to touring, Lopez and the band are currently at work on their debut release.